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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)

Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the ... See full summary »

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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Sadie Delany
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Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
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Amy Hill Hearth
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Sadie in her 20s (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)
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Bessie in her 20s
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Papa Delany
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Mama Delany
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Martha Logan
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Henry Delany
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Lemuel
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Lucious
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Bag Boy
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal bishop, who was born a slave, and a woman with an inter-racial background. With the support of each other and their family, they survived encounters with racism and sexism in their own different ways. Sadie quietly and sweetly broke barriers to become the first African-American home-ec teacher in New York City, while Bessie, with her own brand of outspokenness, became the second African-American dentist in New York City. At the ages of 103 and 101, they told their story to Amy Hill Hearth, a white New York Times reporter who published an article about them. The overwhelming response launched a bestselling book, a Broadway play, and this film. Written by Tommy Peter

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18 April 1999 (USA)  »

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The original Broadway production of "Having Our Say" by Emily Mann opened at the Booth Theater in New York on April 6, 1995, ran for 317 performances and was nominated for the 1995 Tony Award for the Best Play. Emily Mann also wrote the teleplay for this filmed production. See more »

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Bessie in her 20s: I've already helped raise my 10 brothers and sisters, I feel like I've raised the whole world, I don't want to have kids.
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A jewel of a film!!!!!
6 August 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best films that I have ever seen!!!! I give it more than a ten!!!!!! This film was very factual and gave the world a big slice of African-American life!!! All the performers, producers(especially Camille O. Cosby, Jeffrey S. Grant and Judith James) and all the others involved, did a great job!!!!


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